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In Shock is a riveting first-hand account from a young critical care physician, who in the passage of a moment is transfigured into a dying patient. This transposition, coincidentally timed at the end of her medical training, instantly lays bare the vast chasm between the conventional practice of medicine and the stark reality of the prostrate patient.

Hauntingly perceptive and beautifully written, it allows the listener to transform alongside her, and watch what she discovers in our carefully cultivated, yet often misguided standard of care. The author demonstrates through engaging narrative and laser-sharp wit how the unbearable is borne. She comes to understand the fatal flaws in her profession and in her own past actions as a physician. She also achieves, through unflinching presence, a crystalline vision of a new and better possibility.

Using her exceptional recall, Awdish fashions an elegant, yet urgent call to action. As she finds herself up against the same self-protective partitions she was trained to construct as a medical student and physician, she artfully illuminates the dysfunction of disconnection. Shatteringly personal, and yet wholly universal, she offers a brave roadmap for anyone navigating illness. At the same time, she presents physicians with a new paradigm and rationale for embracing the emotional bond between doctor and patient. All told, she cogently outlines the redemptive possibilities of dismantling the barriers to connection in all relationships.

©2017 Rana Awdish (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with St. Martin's Press.

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  • CT
  • 11-08-17

Read this book!

This book tells Dr. Rana’s journey while it educates on the ways and importance of health care providers listening to and communicating with patients with emotional intelligence.

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Requires Reading

Dr. Awdish literally breaths life into the root of patients trauma that is often and unknowingly caused by the people meant to help. I wouldn't wish this experience on anyone, but the knowing, it would change everything. This book should be required reading for EVERY provider and those who teach new providers. "Once you know better, you do better" - Maya Angelou Thank you Dr. Awdish for such an incredible journey into you life. I hope to bring your experience with me as we begin teaching a new way in Obstetrics.

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All healthcare workers

I challenge each and everyone of us in healthcare to read this book. Life changing

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Incredible!!

I've read and listened to many physician memoirs, books on specialties, physician as patient, you name it. This book was spectacular!! It hit on so many important parts of medicine, life as a doctor, living and dying as a patient. Dr. Awdish went through the unthinkable that happens everyday somewhere in the country. It might not happen to a doctor but it happens to someone. Patient's concerns are brushed off all the time. They are belittled and made to feel insignificant. Treated like a number and not a human being. It's when someone important, more important than the average person, has had a trauma in a hospital that things might be able to change. I am glad the author is as strong as she is and able to work toward making change happen. Having seminars and lectures on communication. Finding an outlet for doctors to regroup after a trauma at work. There is so much that needs to change. When she was ignored by the doctor when she had sepsis it reminded me of the doctor who ignored my pulmonary embolism. Women in particular are at high risk of being ignored especially. Too many people are dying and it must change!! Good work Dr. Awdish!!

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Too idealistic

While I am completely in awe of this author's personal experiences and narrative...I find her message to be far too idealistic for fellow physicians and colleagues. Excellent writing though....she's a fantastic author. I'm just a little disappointed in the overall message to physicians....

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Must read book for current trainees

Beautiful story. I didn’t like the story teller voice change when she is trying to imitate male role plays. It was little annoying to listen but got used to it. If it’s any other story I could have stopped listening but Rana’s story and anecdotes kept it going. I’m impressed with Sparks story and the way resilience brought to multiple scenarios. Yes, I agree this is what is missing in Medicine. Compassion. Dr. Awdish, well done. This will Be milestone book for future generations. I will recommend this to every student and Resident on my rotation after they finish regarding “Being Mortal” 😄.

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Best and most enlightening book

I wish everyone in the medical field could read this and put it into practice. What a much better place the world would be!

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Reader saved the book

Bit on the preaching side, but author went through a conversion, expected. You may too.

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I️ can’t finish it.

I️ am a doctor, and I️ am only 1:45 min into this book. I have decided I️ am not going to finish it. I️ am really frustrated by the author’s over generalization of the “doctoring” experience. I️ appreciate what she is trying to do- she’s showing a doctor’s perspective of surviving a terrible experience. However, it seems like she is really trying to show how terrible doctors are from a patient’s perspective. Maybe it gets better- I don’t know. I’m not going to use my free time hearing more doctor bashing.

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